New study shows that pre-participation screening guidelines are too restrictive and unfair for black athletes

A new study by researchers at St George’s, University of London published in the journal Circulation has found that current European screening guidelines used by sports organisations to detect heart abnormalities lead to over-investigation and potential false disqualification of black athletes with perfectly healthy hearts. 

To protect the health of young sports people, many sports bodies now recommend or insist that athletes are screened for a number of heart disorders that can lead to sudden death but are easily detectable using an electrocardiogram (ECG) - a test that measures the electrical activity of the heart and detects abnormal heart rhythms. New research has found that the application of new screening criteria could reduce unnecessary investigations and potential disqualifications by around 30%.

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Spotlight on Science: Preventing Sudden Death in Sport

Former England rugby player Lee Mears lent his support to a successful event examining the issue of sudden death in sport.

Cardiac specialist Professor Sanjay Sharma gave a talk explaining the work that cardiologists are doing to prevent sudden death in sport. He spoke on the issues facing athletes and practitioners and showed striking footage of how treatment can be used to save lives.Lee, who retired in 2013 after being diagnosed with a heart condition, spoke about his own experiences of dealing with his diagnosis and working with Sanjay to aid his recovery. He had an out-standing career in professional rugby, with 201 caps for club Bath, 42 for England and four for the British and Irish Lions.They were joined by Dr Steve Cox, deputy chief executive and director of screening at the charity Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY), who spoke about the screening for heart problems. He also gave practical advice to those concerned about the issue. Former professional footballer Tobi Alabi was also in attendance and was happy to speak about his own experience with heart issues and sign autographs for Millwall fans.

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TB in Tooting

To mark World TB Day, Monday 24 March 2014 St George's, University of London has released a podcast discussing the epidemic, its impact on all of our lives and the efforts to fight it.

Dr Catherine Cosgrove of St George's, University of London and St George's NHS Healthcare Trust starts us off with a discussion of the experience of patients with TB, followed by Philip Butcher, professor of molecular medical microbiology, who discusses the relevance for Tooting and his work with genomics and the podcast finishes with Dr Amina Jindani who works on the InterTB project talks about her work on reducing the length of drug regimens and the millennial goals.

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New study shows guidelines are preventing organ donations that could save dozens of tiny lives in UK

Dozens of tiny lives could be saved if medical guidance about the death of new born babies was changed to allow the donation of organs, a new study has found.

The research paper, published in the BMJ journal Archives of Disease in Childhood: Fetal and Neonatal Edition, shows the potential for organ donation among very young babies is currently ‘untapped’ in the UK because of national guidelines about the way clinicians define and diagnose death.

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Study shows new drugs can increase the function of good cholesterol particles but may not be enough to reduce heart attacks

Researchers have found a new class of drugs can improve the ability of particles in the blood which can increase so-called ‘good’ cholesterol’s ability to clear away fat from blood vessel walls.

 

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